The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing; Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.



February 20th 2015

With the illustrations for our forthcoming 'Outsider' issue currently being created by a selection of the finest image makers that we could get our hands on, we felt it was time to upload the visual delights that graced our last issue — on the theme of 'Time' — including the illustration above, created by Glenn Harvey for Shirley Wright's incredibly well-observed poem, Methuselah.

Head to our Pinterest page to see the full set of illustrations and if you haven't yet managed to get your hands on a copy of our 'Time issue', you can do so over at our single issues page.


February 17th 2015

If you travel on the London Underground relatively often, you’ll already be well aware of the longstanding relationship between poetry and TFL. You’ll also probably be familiar with the format of their illustrated poetry posters, which have been going strong since 2013 with the help of French illustrator, Mcbess, and look a bit like the one above.

Now, as part of its #travelbetterlondon campaign, TFL is looking for poems that could grace future posters via its poetry competition. The purpose of the competition is to ask people to submit their own poems about one inconsiderate travel habit they have witnessed on public transport, with the winner’s work made up into a poster featuring the verse accompanied by their likeness in the accompanying artwork. To find out more about how to enter, head to the dedicated competition page at the #travelbetterlondon website, and make sure you send in your ditty before March 1st.


January 30th 2015

Following the closure of literary submissions exactly a week ago, and an extensive seven days of shortlisting since then, we have now chosen the final 24 pieces of writing that will feature in the forthcoming issue of Popshot, on the theme of ‘Outsider’. A big thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to send their compositions in. We receive 2000-2500 submissions per issue, so despite only being able to publish 1% of the work that’s sent in, we truly appreciate the thought and endeavour that goes into every submission.

The new issue will launch on April 1st with submissions for our next issue opening up in June, so keep your eyes out for that. In the meantime, if you would like to get a better idea of the work that we publish, you can subscribe from just £10 a year or read every issue we've made for just £5.50 courtesy of the digital edition of Popshot.


January 10th 2015

Sitting alongside some of the finest magazines in the world, including Time, Interview, WIRED and The New Yorker, we’re honoured to have had the cover of our twelfth issue chosen as one of the best magazine covers of 2014 from French inspiration website, Fubiz. A big thanks to the supremely talented Sam Pash whose illustration did most of the work.


January 2nd 2015

With the passing of the fattening food festival that is Christmas, we're now just three weeks away from submissions deadline day for our ‘Outsider’ issue. So, if you would like to see your poetry or short fiction published and illustrated in the pages of Popshot’s lucky thirteenth issue, make sure that you send it in before January 23rd.

If you've already submitted your poetry or short fiction, fear not, your writing is already under consideration. However, for those of you who haven’t, make sure that you acquaint yourself with the submissions guidelines and try to send in your work long before deadline day — it gets given more attention if it’s not sent right at the last minute. It’s also worth mentioning that if you have a piece of writing that is perfect for the theme but has been published elsewhere before, we do accept previously published poems and short stories. Find out everything you need to know at our submit page and we look forward to uncovering some new literary gems.


December 24th 2014

To everyone who has supported Popshot in one way or another over the last 12 months — whether by buying a subscription, submitting to the magazine, or liking us on Facebook — here’s a very merry Christmas from all at Popshot.

Online orders and subscriptions will be sent out as usual, and we'll be keeping on top of literary submissions for our forthcoming ‘Outsider' issue throughout the festive period. Here's an illustration for all of you pencil-wielding poets and picture makers courtesy of Issue 12 contributor, Paul Garland.


December 1st 2014

Flick to a fresh page and break out a brand new biro dear wordsmiths, for today marks the opening of literary submissions for Popshot's 13th issue, which means we are now accepting poems and short stories on the theme of 'Outsider'.

The word 'underdog' has been scrawled on our list of possible themes for years now, but it was only when 'outsider' was blurted out as an option that it finally clicked. Outsiders, much like underdogs, make for the greatest stories. They are the black sheep, the long shots, the ones that don't quite fit the mould. And yet, despite being in the supposed minority, they are everywhere — you just can't always see them. It's these people that we hope to explore and celebrate in the forthcoming issue of Popshot: the odd, the unconventional, the unexpected, the outsiders.

If you would like the opportunity to have your short fiction or poetry published and illustrated in the next issue of Popshot, find out the full submissions guidelines at our submit page — and make sure that you send your work in long before the January 23rd deadline. To get the best idea of what we like to publish, we always encourage potential contributors to read the magazine before submitting. Over the years, we've observed that the people who read Popshot are the best judges of what to write for it, so to increase your chances of publication, pick up a printed copy or read it online.

Illustration by Thomas Danthony.


November 1st 2014

As some of you may remember, we launched the digital edition of Popshot a little over a year ago, meaning that from Portsmouth to Prague to Panama City, anyone in the world could be reading Popshot on their tablet, phone, or online, within seconds. Since then, it’s become a resounding success and currently accounts for a quarter of our total subscribers.

Now, with the help of our friends over at Exact Editions, we’re making the digital edition available to all of our print subscribers for free. With a number of subscribers asking how they could read some of the sold out back issues of Popshot, we felt it was important to make all of those issues, and all future ones, available in digital form to our most loyal supporters.

Subsequently, anyone who now subscribes to Popshot from just £10 will not only get three print issues delivered direct to their door, they’ll also receive digital access to every issue we’ve ever published. Become a subscriber by heading to our subscribe page or if you already are, drop an email to to find out how to activate your digital subscription.


October 2nd 2014

Coinciding rather nicely with National Poetry Day (which is today in case you’ve forgotten) we’re delighted to announce that the new issue of Popshot is out now. 25 pieces of writing grace this beautifully broad edition, packed full of illustrated short stories and poems that explore our perception of, and relationship with, time, and take us to some weird and wonderful places in the process. If you want to have a squinted look through a few pages from the new issue, you can do so here.

All pre-orders and subscriber's copies have been posted out and will be arriving on doormats around the globe in the coming days. If you want to get your hands on your own crayon-scented copy, subscribe from just £10 and receive Time as the initial issue of your subscription, or order a single issue from £6 + p&p. As we may have just demonstrated, it seems you can put a price on loyalty. Those who are more digitally minded can read the new issue on their smartphone or tablet by downloading the Popshot app.


September 18th 2014

After what feels like (and probably is) a small age, the collected writings and illustrations of our twelfth issue – The Time Issue – have gone to print and are now being stamped into some of the finest offset paper, somewhere in Wales. To herald the impending arrival of Issue 12, it gives us great pleasure to reveal the cover, illustrated at the masterful hands of Sam Pash. If ever there was a cover of Popshot that instantly captured the mood of an entire issue, this would be it; calm, contemplative, and slightly nostalgic – our forthcoming issue in a nutshell.

To celebrate, the new issue is now available to pre-order for a fiver, with pre-orders open until October 1st when the price will go back up to the usual cover price of £6. Or you can subscribe for a tenner, and get this issue and the next couple after that delivered to your doormat without even having to think about it. Thanks to our partnership with magazine kings, Newsstand, we’ve also been able to drop the price of overseas postage – a saving that has now been passed on to our readers. Further details of the new issue to follow in the lead up to launch day.


September 9th 2014

Apologies for the month-long radio silence dear readers. Rather ironically, through the process of lacing together our 'Time' issue we've had far less of the stuff than usual. However, with the cover for Issue 12 being unveiled in less than a week's time, we thought we would give you a brief glimpse into how the issue is shaping up so far. Think toothpaste green. More details to come very soon.


August 8th 2014

Most people who know of Mark Watson will probably be more familiar with his work as a stand-up comedian than as a novelist. However, with five novels now to his name, the balance may be shifting. His latest book, entitled Hotel Alpha, is the story of London's most extraordinary hotel, run by a man called Howard, which has been built on a series of secrets and dreams. Whilst the book has an excellent plot, the real twist comes when you finish it.

Alongside the novel, Mark has written 100 accompanying stories that can be found online - some the length of a tweet, others a paragraph, others a thousand words or more. The stories can be read in any order and shine an alternative light on the plot, bringing to life additional scenes, exposing secrets and hidden links, and giving voice to some of the thousands of minor characters. It's a fantastic concept which plays with the idea of the traditional novel, pulling into question whether a book actually finishes when the last page has been read, and blending together the strengths of both print and online.

If you want to get a taste of what Mark calls an 'encyclopaedic novel', pick up a copy over at Picador's website then head to the Hotel Alpha Stories website as soon as you've finished it to read on.


July 31st 2014

After 7 weeks of fairly solid reading and a further 6 days of whittling down the shortlist — the longest whittling process in the short history of Popshot — we have now chosen the final 25 pieces of writing that will make their way into our 'Time' issue.

The authors of the chosen pieces were notified earlier today so if you submitted to this issue but haven't received an email from us, unfortunately that means that your work hasn't been selected. Our apologies for not being able to be more personal in our responses, and thanks again to everyone who took the time and effort to send their compositions in. The standard of writing was higher than ever so if you haven't made the final cut, that certainly doesn't mean that your writing wasn't up to probably means we need more pages.

Submissions for our 13th issue will open up in December, so keep your eyes out for that. In the meantime, if you would like to get a better idea of the work that we publish, you can subscribe from just £10 a year, or read every issue we've made for just £5.50 courtesy of the Popshot app.


July 18th 2014

With the exception of Latitude and a couple of others, music festivals and literary festivals are rarely blended together with much consideration. However, this year, it looks like Wilderness Festival has stepped up to the plate, blending music (from Metronomy and London Grammar) with theatre, spectaculars, banquets, and a dazzling range of literary events and talks.

Set in the bucolic Oxfordshire countryside from August 7th - 10th, the four day festival will bring together a diverse number of writers and speakers – such as Irvine Welsh, Antony Gormley and George Monbiot – and showcase some of London's best spoken word nights. Expect to see Book Slam, Tongue Fu and Chill Pill there amongst others, putting on some stellar line ups for the 10,000 strong festival goers. To find out more about the literary line up and to snap up tickets, head to the Wilderness website. We'll be there across the weekend and will be posting up a short review of it on this very website in the days following.


July 10th 2014

There are just over two weeks left before we close for submissions for our Time issue. So if you have a time-oriented short story or poem stuffed up your sleeve, you don't have much longer to heave it out, polish it up, and send it in.

We've received some weird and wonderful pieces of writing over the last few weeks but are still on the lookout for short stories and poems with a slightly offbeat slant and a twist in the tale. So, if you want to see your writing illustrated, then stamped into 4,500 copies of Popshot and delivered to bookshops all over the globe, check out the full guidelines at our submit page.


June 12th 2014

We're just over a week away from the inaugural London Short Story Festival, brought to us by the good folk at Spread The Word. With an impressive line up of talks, workshops, launches, and readings from some short fiction champions, the festival will take place next weekend at Europe's biggest bookstore: Waterstones Piccadilly. As one of the festival partners, we're handing a few boxes of the latest issue of Popshot over to the festival which will be given out for free to all LSSF ticket holders - until copies run out of course. So, if attending some great short fiction-oriented events wasn't enough, now you can hold of a free copy of Popshot as well. Find out everything you need to know by heading to the London Short Story Festival website.


June 5th 2014

The long wait for submissions to open up again is finally over, and we're very pleased to unveil the theme for our 12th issue — Time. With that, submissions are now officially open and we're ready to start receiving your time-oriented poems and short stories over the next 7 weeks. As always, please take your, um, time, to think over the various interpretations of that word and to explore its possibilities. Thanks to its intangible nature, it's a word that's drenched in abstraction and fascinating concepts, so we're really looking forward to seeing what the great minds of today's literary scene can do with it.

Head to our submit page to read the full submissions guidelines — which have been tweaked a bit since the last issue — and we can't wait to read your mini masterpieces.


May 23rd 2014

One of the most curious things about the poetry world is that there doesn't appear to be one hub at the centre of all of it. Whilst fashion or technology or interior design may centre around certain magazines or websites, poetry is a generally disparate affair. Organisations like The Poetry Society in the UK, or Poetry Foundation in the US seem to be the closest we can get to a poetic community.

However, with the arrival of Campus, the groundwork for a fully functioning poetic community has been laid. What is Campus? Well, in their own words, it's a social network for poets. The brainchild of The Poetry School, it's a community driven online platform that brings together poets from all over the world to discuss, debate, and discover. If you think that this could be your sort of thing, head to the Campus website and sign up to find out more.

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